Session 201
A Cancer Center's Experience Developing Clinical Partnerships & Alliances: Opportunities and Cautions

Partnerships and alliances are a vital part of any organization's growth and development. For a cancer center, partnerships are a vital strategy to secure patient access, growth in patient volume, ability to conduct meaningful clinical research, and maximize impact on the community. For hospitals and health systems which deal with the entire spectrum of human disease, it is either difficult or impossible to develop the breadth and depth of clinical care and clinical research that exists in a comprehensive cancer center. Thus, given the needs and challenges facing all parties, the necessity to partner and forge strategic alliances is essential. However, despite the need, the creation and execution of these relationships has many obstacles. Dr. Harrison will share how Moffit Cancer Center has navigated this area of activity, highlighting both success and lessons learned from disappointments.

Dr. Harrison is the chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. He is also deputy physician in chief at Moffitt. In this role, he is part of the Moffitt Medical Group leadership team. Dr. Harrison is also Moffitt's vice president, chief partnership officer. In this capacity, he works to develop multifaceted partnership and strategic alliances that advance the cancer center's strategic goals and increase patient access to the institution. He received his MD degree from the S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He completed a radiation oncology residency at Yale University School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital; and also served as chief resident. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) named Dr. Harrison as a 2017 ASTRO Gold Medalist, the highest honor bestowed upon ASTRO members who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in the field of radiation oncology. Dr. Harrison serves on the board of directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), where he also has been elected to the executive committee.

Dr. Harrison is the senior editor of the textbook Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, now in its fourth edition. He is also a co-editor of Intraoperative Irradiation: Techniques and Results, now in its second edition.


Louis B. Harrison, MD, FASTRO
Chief Partnership Officer & Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute